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Rave Run

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hey guys, I'm still here, been MIA every now and then, but still hanging tough. Wanted to share my great weekend experiences with you. Flew to NY to visit dad.

I enjoyed a simple pleasure on the flight there.... I read the entire issue of November's Runner's World, woo hoo. In Runner's World magazine every month they feature a "Rave Run", gorgeous places to run. Here is this month's pic.

Nothing more beautiful than that in my opinion.

It's so great to be following in dad's footsteps of becoming a runner and we both share in the love of running. Dad used to run ultras and then some back in the day (NOTE: I do not aspire to be an ultra-runner, lol). Dad knows how important my running training is so he planned a run for Friday morning, and what a lovely spot he selected - the Gennessee Thruway - an 82 mile trail. Wasnt sure I was going to like trail running, I was so scared I was going to trip over something and injure myself, however I couldn't wait to experience it. I'm hooked, it was great, a whole lot more kind on the body than the pavement.

It was a crisp 38 degrees. Crisp is a term obviously for people who live in cooler climates, I just call it downright cold, brrrrrr. But I was prepared with some heavier running gear so it really wasn't that cold. When we got to the trail I was so overwhelmed with the beauty and serenity of it all. Nature had rolled out the yellow, orange, red, and brown leaf carpet. This is my "rave run".

Dad hung up his running shoes a few years ago but he walked the trail with his dogs while I did a quick five-miler. I was worried being alone out there, but dad assured me it was a straight path, no twists and turns to get lost on, he said just run til you get tired and then turn around. After running for about 3 miles I quickly discovered I wasn't "alone" out there, OMG, I had forgotten about wildlife...a deer jumped in the bushes right next to me, a squirrel scampered across the path in front of me, yikes, and then I discovered a huge pile of poo, just off to the side of the trail....OMG, bears. So from that point on, I was on the lookout, lol.

I didn't want to leave dad behind waiting on me forever, felt like I could have run forever on that trail with such beautful conditions (scenery, temperture, solitude), so I ended it at 5-miles. WOW, totally exhilerating.
Dad was waiting back at the truck with a fresh apple, what a nice surprise, I don't think I have enjoyed an apple more than I did that morning, it was becaues it was presented to me with love. Thanks dad for showing me and sharing a great experience.

To keep the good "rave" going, here's Rave 2:
We went on to enjoy some quality daddy-daughter time with great dinners, target shooting with his new sniper rifle, walking the dogs, visit to see my grandma and aunt. Wish I could have stayed longer, it's quality that counts, not quantity but wish I had both.

Rave 3:
Yesterday was life back to normal. Met the SIL for a 8-mile run yesterday morning, less than a month til the half marathon, he's getting excited and his running is improving tremendously. Go Danny !!!!

Rave 4:
Enjoyed having the whole family and close friends (all 17 of us) over for football and dinner. Good times and laughter with the whole gang, including my hilarious teenage grandson, and my future model granddaughter and of little chunky pie playing cornhole. Life is good.

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    Sounds like you had a great time and got in some great exercise!

    1922 days ago
    Awesome trail run and time spent with your Dad... priceless. emoticon
    1923 days ago
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    1923 days ago
    Beautiful looking trail run, and you got to spend some time with Dad, how coo is that? Glad you had such a good time.
    1923 days ago
    i'm a 17'r as well. I was good yesterday after that 8+ miler until I sat down for awhile. that's when the legs stiffened a bit.
    1923 days ago
  • JLITT62
    In tbe winter, 38 is warm! The trail I ran on in HI was NOT kind to the legs . . . too gravelly & uneven . . . I only ran it once, then just walked it & waited til the concrete path started.

    Glad you've had such good times with family . . . was beginning to worry about you!
    1924 days ago
    OMGosh I swear we are twins. We enjoy so many of the same things.
    I loved that rave run - the pics are beautiful. I am now planning my own rave run girl. Now that you tell me it's a lot more kind to the body than pavement. I have lots of trails around my area I am sure of it. Being I live in the stix. LOL
    But what a great time you had with your beloved family. That is super awesome. I love your dad already.
    The chunky pie is getting so big. He'll be walking in no time. Also we have the famous cornhole game too - we had our neighbor's dad make ours in GREEN BAY... Woot Woot.
    Love ya girl - I am planning my rave run right now.
    1924 days ago
    You certainly got in a rave run of your own!!
    Wow...and a rave weekend!! Awesome!
    1924 days ago
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Your daddy is so special! Love it!

    I miss our family time when we'd all get together. After my grandmother passed two years ago, we don't get together like we did when she was alive. Sad. We just do Thanksgiving and Easter now. I'm going to have to round everyone up here soon just because.

    Have a great week my friend!
    1924 days ago
    Sounds perfect. I teared up reading about the apple! Family IS the best!

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    1924 days ago
    What a nice experience with your father. That will be something you can hold onto forever!
    1924 days ago
    I LOVE trail running but it can be a bit unnerving since you never know what animals can surprise you. Sounded so fun.
    1924 days ago
  • THATGIRL0515
    I'm a 17'r!
    1924 days ago
  • BILL60
    It's obvious that you and your Dad share a very special relationship. It's awesome to hear about it. What a tremendous weekend for you. Hang tough and remember those very special moments.
    1924 days ago
    all sounds really lovely!
    1924 days ago
    Your "rave run" looks at least as good as the one in Runners World.

    Family and friends and a good run, can it get any better than that?
    1924 days ago
  • SAMI199
    There is nothing better than a "crisp" fall day in Western NY. Family&Friends -the emoticon

    1924 days ago
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